Amazing... Polydamus Swallowtail sitting still on red Pentas
Explore Nov 30, 2011 #69
So hard to get a picture of this beauty's wings as they seem to be always in rapid motion! But here's one... in detail... nectaring on red Pentas.
The Polydamas Swallowtail is a dark, tailless butterfly which is found throughout the Caribbean and tropical America. It is a garden butterfly in much of peninsular Florida and southern Texas. It rarely strays northward. Its flight consists of constant, rapid wingbeats and it continues to flutter wings rapidly even while nectaring on flowers. It flies from mid-spring to late fall.
It can be identified by the absence of tails and the greenish yellow spot band that rims the upperside of the wing edges.( It is also known as the Gold Rim). The underside of the hindwing is brownish black with curved red lines along the margin. Sexes are similar.
The larval foodplant is Aristolochia or Pipevine.
Polydamas Swallowtail, Battus polydamas
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami FL